It was considered good practice then
For private offices to have their own demons
(The government hired outside contractors
Who did not get benefits.) At PCRD,
My office was next to that of the telichine
Megalezius – we called her Meg.
She was always the first to arrive
But sometimes took long lunch hours.
Her last job had been to dip out Styx water
To bring to the world of the living
Where it caused misfortune. (She says it tasted
Much like raspberries with a hint of lemon.)
Before that, she’d been a minor goddess
Worshipped – or at least rather liked –
By apprentice smiths and ratcatchers.